Come On Blue!
3rd to 1st Rule - Failure To Adopt
For those of you who like to read books and forums on umpiring, the name Papa C., or Carl Childress should be quite familiar. I wrote to Papa C. last year regarding Orem Youth Baseball's failure to adopt the Major League Baseball rule change regarding the fake to third and then throw to first rule. Here is what I posted on Papa C's blog at: http://www.carlsbrd.com/Carl-Chat.html last June.
by Carl Childress on 06/06/13
"Carl, here in Northern Utah the super leagues and local city leagues are keeping the old and ignoring the new. Amongst the 11-14 year olds we can see this 3-1 move all the time. Last night I watched the same pitcher due it 5 times in a single inning, even though it did nothing other than take up time from the timed game. I expect this to continue until the influential Rocky Mountain School of Baseball (RMSB) decides to adopt the new 3-1 prohibition. I updated the local Orem Youth Baseball site rules page at the beginning of the season after listening to our League President explain to me that we could not change to the new until RMSB changed their rules. If we did, it would prove a disservice to our teams that play in the super leagues and tournaments. RMSB wags a lot of tails in this region and I have not got any feedback as to why they are hesitant to change. Does everybody think this is a passing fad and it will soon change back?... Doubtful! Maybe we are all waiting for FED so as not to confuse our young players that will soon play for the high schools. Keep up the good work! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.ComeOnBlue.com"
Michael: It's amazing sometimes how people react to rule changes. The old rule says the pitcher's non-pivot foot had to be on or beind a line extending through the back edge of the rubber. The NEW rule (2011) says he can have his foot behind, in front of, or to the side of the rubber. Did the Utah group accept that?
Of course they did. My advice: Get as many umpires as you can to ask the RSMB why they don't recognize 8.05b.